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Palm Beach lawyer given 3 years for false tax returns IN SPORTS IN ACCENT . AGASSI STILL RISING . ,! Was there a real Former No. 1 will face b MAN IN THE Rios in Lipton final . IRON MASK? . - - ; y V..,,.,., .11.,.. xt LOCAL NEWS, IB , HEAT 102 Vjy RliriTC 77 WEATHER: Partly cloudy and warm. High 81. Low 73. 2A SPORTS. 1C ie Palm Beach Post SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 . FINAL EDITION 3 101 PAGES 50 CENTS . 1 Justice sorts M..j II... ii ...Bin J in. n.Ujji,.ni iiai.uiii-.ii.siyj,..; i.MiipiajiMjpW ITI rf S" More funerals are planned today for victims of the middle school shootings savs good allegation trade trips tied to gifts A confidante of the late Ron Brown has accused President Clinton and others of exchanging overseas junkets for campaign donations. By Roberto Suro The Washington Post WASHINGTON The Justice Department is reviewing allegations that President Clinton and top White House officials directed a scheme to offer U.S. businesses places on overseas trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions, department officials said. The move marks the first step of the investigatory process dictated by the Independent Counsel Act and was triggered by Nolanda B. Hill, a former business partner of the late Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown, who made the allegations during testimony in a civil suit Monday. Hill, 53, a Dallas broadcasting entrepreneur, was indicted March 14 f I -V t . t J ft 4 - - 1 - A C .. A ., I 4-V.of oho rmrprtpn . on unreiaieu icuciai cnaica uuu u money for personal expenses from companies she -controlled and failed to report it as taxable income. Hill has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Prosecutors are now weighing her credibility and determining whether the alleged exchange of government trips for contributions constitutes the kind of explicit bargain that would be against the law, the Justice officials said. Unless evidence emerges quickly to tarnish Hill as a potential witness, investigators will have to begin the multi-stage process that can lead to the appointment of an independent counsel, they said. Even if the process halts short of an independent counsel investigation, the Hill inquiry has the potential to prove a political embarrassment to the administration, which has been repeatedly criticized over the apparent trading of government favors for contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection effort. White House officials die not comment on the Justice Department's inquiry Friday night After Hill's testimony, a White House spokesman said Hill's charges were "false in every respect" Hill's testimony came in a lawsuit brought against the Commerce Department by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm. In an affidavit, Hill depicted herself as Brown's "close personal confidante for over seven years" and said that she talked to him daily and often several times a day, including during the years he served as commerce secretary. Brown was killed in a plane crash in Croatia in 1996 while on a government trade mission. At the time of his death, Brown was the subject of Tiir PfrtlATrrs ODCCC Mourners console each other as they leave graveside services for Natalie Brooks Friday in Jonesboro, Ark Four others were also shot during the TiiJS rt wSle Middle School, In top photo the casket of Paige Ann Herring, 12, is earned to her grave. this city has, and will need, as the funerals con- had burned up the court in basketball, played tinue into the weekend fierce volleyball, and turned ponytails into a Til FidaTsle of those same mourners fashion statement Uke .the jourhers, she had By Rick Bragg The New York Times JONESBORO, Ark. People here still close their eyes when they pray, especially tociay moved a few blocks over to Emerson Funeral . ... . ii-vear-old JTf We7tsiae Middle School, when an 11-year-old iZradSSsaid , 1 3-vpar-olH friend ooened fire 1 3-year dbye to 12-year-old Paige Ann Hernng in the . fa f j j. Nataiie Brooks. Na- classmate and I his t. oi. i?o,r o man n h hp ipans ui uic luuciai ui ii jrv.o. w .... kuuuuiv. w t. o . . - . in in funerals Friday, a man m blue jeans on them with hunting rifles and handguns from a on them with hunting rules first of two wag supposed to be baptized this Sunday thicket of trees. The presiding minister, the Rev. Gary Cre- l'taSineckltoeoflh. teachers. Shannon Wright girl's simple blue dress, one more sign of the faith , But it began with Paige, the sixth-grader who ieose see FUNERALS51 Please see MISSI0NS&4 Inside l 4 W i. Nation's birthday bash mired in controversy -. 1 I r- A n ED 1 '"Tp 1 mmmmi i ' . ". . ''it Here, organizers have been plagued by infighting and criticism as they schedule events leading up to, and beyond, the April 30 independence day. More worrisome, the happy birthday is threatened by the general gloom in Israeli society, where the hangover seems to have hit before the party began- The peace process with the neighboring Palestinians is in a tense standoff, and many blame Israel's leadership. Terrorism is still common. Just last month, anxious Israelis lined up for gas masks, fearful that Iraqi Scud missiles could rain down on Tel Aviv. By Larry Kaplow Palm beach Post Staff Writer JERUSALEM In this controversial little country, a big birthday party can quickly turn into a family feud. Israel turns 50 years old this spring. Around the world, plans are under way to celebrate the legend of the scrappy, determined homeland to the Jewish people. In the United States, for example, a televised Hollywood gala, brought to you by former producers of the Academy Awards, will be held April 15. There will be a street fair in Atlanta and an Expo in Miami. But all is not well back in the Holy Land. A general gloom in Israeli society is threatening the birthday party. It seems the hangover has hit before the party even began. FDA approves pill to treat impotence f The oral medication, available I only by prescription, is the first nonsurgical approach to treating sexual dysfunction. , By Marten Cimons . Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first pill to treat impotence, which health officials estimate affects millions of men in this country. The oral medication, Viagra, which will be available only by prescription, is the first nonsurgical approach to treating sexual dysfunction. It is being touted as easier and less embarrassing for men to use than currently available treatments, which must be injected or inserted into the penis. ' Viagra is taken by mouth, about an hour ; before intercourse, and does not directly I cause penile erections; rather, it affects the ' response to sexual stimulation. Essentially, the drug enhances the smooth muscle relaxant effects of nitric .. oxide, a chemical that is normally released ! in response ta sexual stimulation: this smooth muscle relaxation allows increased ' blood flow into Certain areas of the penis, 1 leading to an erection. This new therapy increases the range of options available for men with this i Hease see PIUU5A Clinton visits Mandela's cell President Clinton and South African leader Nelson Mandela peer through the bars of cell No. 5 at Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. STORY, 3A Please see ISRAEL76.4 Bush, MacKay need 'safe' running mates 2A 2A 11C 78 60 70 2C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS TV SPORTS ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 68 CLASSIFIEDS 5E COMICS 80 DEATHS 20A,B EDITORIALS 12 HOROSCOPE 20 CROSSWORDS SECTIONS C.D Note to readers Due to production problems, some stock tables in the Business section are incomplete or missing in today's Post. PALM BEACH Weather, INTERACTIVE news, sports wum GoPHl eom and views running mate is someone who can govern. Don't believe it. What they really want is someone who won't embarrass them. Or worse. "I'm sure both of them would rather campaign w ithout a running mate, but the law says we have to have one." said one of Bush's top advisers. Bush has experienced the worst of running mates. In 1994. he chose little-known state lawmaker Tom Feeney. Nice, polite and energetic, Feeney only had one problem. He had joined a group of Republican lawmakers, who, on a lark, proposed a resolution saying Florida wou' leave the United " Hease set MNDIDAT139.4 Both candidates in the race for governor are looking for someone who won't embarrass them. By Brian L Crowley palm Beach Post Political Editor Buddy MacKay is one but has never had one. Jeb Bush has had two he would rather forget Dread may be the word that best describes this most critical of decisions: Who in the world can join Bush and MacKay in the race for governor and not mess things, up? In public, both Republican Bush and Democrat MacKay will say that what they want most of all in a !!!P 199 Fata fete V131N.34 Si 60110000 '" ?